Tiyani Nghonyama


Part of Operations unit, Tiyani Nghonyama has been part of Geekulcha since 2013


We need to collectively prepare and build capacity for the future. War On Tech must be a thing of the past, this will require a strong digital culture and enablement for all.

- Tiyani Nghonyama

About Tiyani Nghonyama


Chief Operating Officer in the Operations unit

Tiyani Nghonyama is a qualified Computer Systems Engineer and is a Founding Member, Director and COO of Geekulcha, and Strategic Lead of the Northern Cape Developer (NCDev) Ecosystem. In 2019 he was named 41st IT Personality of the Year by Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa in annual President's Awards.

He sits on the Advisory Committee Boards of the Tshwane University of Technology and the Vaal University of Technology for Computer Science. Since 2014, he has been working with the University of South Africa in building Open Source stamina, pipeline and innovation development. With this, he champions the role of Hackathons and Open Dataquests in helping accelerate academic excellence.

In 2015, he created the Geekulcha Student Society programme at Sol Plaatje University. The programme has now spread to 18 campus in 6 provinces in the country. The programme builds Tech and Innovation Leadership capacity on campus with a mandate of student innovation support, STEM in community drive, civic innovation development and Female Geeks empowerment.

Throughout his career, Tiyani had wished and aspired to be included in history books. It was an absolute thrill for him to be included in the London’s book, Creative Superpowers, which highlights his work in the IoT/Makerspace scene in South Africa and also included the various programmes.

He has been invited to the South African Parliament by 3 Ministers, 3 times for his work in apps for social activism, public sector innovation for enhanced service delivery and information security skills capacity building.


Projects At Geekulcha Since 2013


  • Geekulcha Student Society

    The Geekulcha Student Society (GKSS) is aimed at getting students into Tech and Innovation Leadership for students on campus in generating an understanding of the digital environment, becoming inspired, and enabling life-changing innovation.

  • Future GeekStars

    Future GeekStars is an initiative that was officially launched 06 October 2014 at The Innovation Hub. It is used as a platform to monitor the progression of learners from high school to tertiary level and then to the job market so that the transition is made easy.

  • NCDev Ecosystem

    A platform for all things Tech and Entrepreneurship in the Northern Cape, SA. Building the Developer/Maker Momentum.

  • Security Summit Hackathon

    The #SS19HACK has become a proud initiative for ITWeb and its supporting partners. It is a favourite amongst technology experts and up and coming tech enthusiast.

  • Top 15 Young Geeks

    To mark South African youth month, Geekulcha has names top 15 young geeks playing a role in igniting and developing the tech capacity in the country.

    The initiative was created in 2017 to showcase and assess the health and state of geek culture or digital capacity in South Africa.

  • Geekulcha Makers

    Created in 2014, Geekulcha Makers is part of the Geekulcha efforts in building capacity in the Smart Growing World portfolio aimed at giving a platform for electronics students to connect, learn, share and put skills to real use.

  • MTN App of the Year

    The MTN App of the Year Awards is a champion of app development in South Africa; celebrating local talent and out-of-the-box thinkers that drive disruption and change.

  • WRC Hackathon

    The Water Research Commission (WRC) was established in terms of the Water Research Act (Act No 34 of 1971), following a period of serious water shortage. It was deemed to be of national importance to generate new knowledge and to promote the country’s water research purposefully, owing to the view held that water would be one of South Africa’s most limiting factors in the 21st century.

    THE HACKATHON IS SET FOR: Solving technical problems in new and innovative ways. The approach of a hackathon is very constructive, and young programmers work to solve real problems and create a useful and tangible solutions during these events.

  • Geekulcha Annual Hackathon

    The Geekulcha Hackathon is an annual event that takes places for Africa developer ecosystem. It’s a 42 hours challenge that gathers different students under one roof so they can solves challenges using technology.